Calif.'s $6.4B Bay Bridge will handle quake much better than old span

06/10/2013 | Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.)

The new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge would barely be affected by the magnitude 7.1 earthquake in 1989 that heavily damaged the 80-year-old truss span it is replacing, according to an analysis presented by agencies overseeing construction of the new $6.4 billion bridge. The design of the new bridge incorporates greater understanding of vibration theory to allow it to withstand earthquakes, engineers said.

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Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.)

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